Drake graces the 100th issue of FADER magazine and offers his first in-depth interview since last year’s controversial Rolling Stone Q&A. And it’s a doozy. He touches on alot here, but let’s be real, you want to know if he addresses Meek Mill and the ghostwriting allegations.
He in fact does. Here he is expressing his amazement at the lack of preparation and strategy that went into Meek’s offensive:
When a reply to “Charged Up” didn’t come, Drake could hardly believe it. “This is a discussion about music, and no one’s putting forth any music?” he says, speaking with a furrowed brow, as if reliving his incredulity. “You guys are gonna leave this for me to do? This is how you want to play it? You guys didn’t think this through at all—nobody? You guys have high-ranking members watching over you. Nobody told you that this was a bad idea, to engage in this and not have something? You’re gonna engage in a conversation about writing music, and delivering music, with me? And not have anything to put forth on the table?”
As the days ticked by and a rebuttal from Meek Mill continued to not materialize, Drake became almost offended at the lack of hustle the other team was putting in. “It was weighing heavy on me,” he says. “I didn’t get it. I didn’t get how there was no strategy on the opposite end. I just didn’t understand. I didn’t understand it because that’s just not how we operate.”
And that’s when he wrote “Back To Back.” He also kind of vaguely addresses the Quentin Miller reference tracks, speaks on locking back in with 40 for his new album Views From The 6, the significance of “Know Yourself” to him and Toronto, his quest for new groundbreaking flows and much more. Read the full FADER cover story here.